Wellbeing in Business THE FACTS
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We support employers, HR teams, & employees to take a positive approach to mental health in the workplace.
A deterioration in mental health can be triggered by many things: stress, anxiety, debt, poor wellbeing, health issues, family problems, divorce, separation, isolation and bereavement just being some key issues.
The Effects of Mental Health in the Workplace
In 2017, the Prime Minister requested an independent review into how employers can better support the mental health of all people currently in employment including those with mental health problems or poor well-being, to remain in, and thrive through work.
The review found several key factors.
Primarily the impact upon business, public services and the economy was on a massive scale, with employer’s losses estimated between £33 billion – £42 billion per annum!
What may be surprising is the fact this loss isn’t wholly down to employees taking sick leave, £21 Billion of this is lost due to the under-performance of employees’ due to poor mental health.
Quite simply at a time when production is at an all-time low (Germany’s production rate is 20% higher than that of the UKs) at least some of this poor productivity is due to poor mental health.
When discussing mental health, the review quite prominently highlights that this is something we all have; sometimes we have good mental health; sometimes not so much. It’s just like our physical health. Stevenson and Farmer (2017) state:
“People with poor mental health including common mental health problems and severe mental illness can be in any of these groups. An individual can have a serious mental health problem but – with the right support – can still be thriving at work”.
The report highlights the human cost of poor mental health, discussing how many people withdraw from their networks, can have difficulties in their personal lives and ultimately can lead to suicide.
Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales we can see that this is a very real cost.
The impact of this on a wider scale is identified financially by the report however systems theory can predict this with poor mental ill health radiating out from a micro level, affecting personal lives, through to business and local communities and extending out to a macro level impacting national productivity, the economy and the pressure placed upon public services.
Pressures on public services can be seen on accident and emergency, police services as well as mental health services. The report identifies 300,000 people leaving work each year due to poor mental ill health, impacting upon the benefits system and housing,
So, what does the report advise companies, employers and HR teams to do to prevent this epidemic?
1. Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan.
2. Develop mental health awareness among employees.
3. Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling.
4. Provide your employees with good working conditions.
5. Promote effective people management.
6. Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing.
Nellie Supports Business is managed by qualified professionals who specialise in Adult Care Services.
You can contact us here or call us on 01476 2105 67 for an informal chat and let’s see how we can help your business meet the standards outlined in the Thriving At Work Report.
The Facts: More people are in work with a mental health condition than ever before, but many individuals with mental health problems are struggling emotionally, off sick, less productive, or leaving employment. 300,000 people with a long term mental health condition leave employment every year, equivalent of the whole population of Newcastle or Belfast.